2017 Lectures, Workshops, Symposium, Guests, and Activities

With activities such as capoeira, samba, forro, soccer, and cooking, you will learn how to speak Portuguese and gain insight into various aspects of Brazilian and Portuguese culture. The Portuguese School brings in special guests every year, including a Brazilian writer-in-residence. Past writers include Roberto DaMatta, Marina Colasanti, Affonso Romano de Sant’Anna, Moacyr Scliar, Conceição Evaristo, Miriam Alves, Álvaro Cardoso, Ana Maria Gonçalves, Laurentino Gomes, and Lira Neto. With the support of the Luso-American Foundation (FLAD) from 2008 to 2010, Portuguese writer Rui Zink and additional faculty joined the program.

We continue honoring the European Portuguese variant with a faculty and/or writer-in-residence each year. To celebrate our diversity, African writer Ondjak and the Ambassadors of Cape Verde and Mozambique have given lectures and workshops in the program. At the Middlebury Portuguese School, you don't merely learn the Portuguese language, you also learn about literature, history, politics, art, film, music, food, and dance, because we don't separate language and culture.

2017 Lectures
  • Cape Verde Ambassador Carlos Veiga: History and Culture of Cape Verde
  • Jean-Michel Tali: The role of MLPA in Angola’s Independence
  • Rodolfo Prates: Rivers may not go to the ocean anymore: Deforestation of the world largest ecological sanctuary
  • Evandro Passos: Reconstruction of identity of the youth from inner city and slums through the Afro-Brazilian dance
  • Luci Moreira and Raphael Câmara: Etiquette and Manners: Invisible Culture.
  • Rodolfo Prates: Brazil: Can the Brazilian government combat corruption in Brazil?
  • Richard Miller: Tribute to Tom Jobim
  • Silvia Lorenso: Beyond City of God: The black presence in the Afro-Brazilian Cinematography
  • Rui Zink, Writer-in-Residence: Mini lectures in each class.
  • Alan Parma & Raphael Camara: Current slangs in Brazil
  • Irene  Amaral: Portuguese Tiles workshop
  • Jessica Ressutte and Raphael Camara: Painting & drawing workshop
  • Daniel Munduruku, Rui Zink, Lira Neto: II Symposium on Literature of Portuguese Language

Symposium of Literatures in Portuguese with Lira Neto, Rui Zink, and Daniel Munduruku

  • Lira Neto, journalist, writer, and three-time Jabuti Prize winner
  • Rui Zink, cartoonist, professor, translator, and acclaimed writer with more than 30 published books
  • Daniel Munduruku, indigenous writer with more than 50 published books, and winner of many awards including the Jabuti Prize
  • Irene de Amaral, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • Jessica Ressutto and Raphael Câmara: Canvas painting
  • Gigi McLaughlin, musician and national table tennis champion
  • Evandro Passos, choreographer, actor, ballet dancer

Stacey Kent and Jim Tomlinson